Linksys Velop vs Netgear Orbi. Which one should you choose? But before you do… Does this persona describe you?
You live in a big house, probably two-stories or more. Your family consists of at least two persons who all have smart mobile devices that they use to keep abreast of the latest news and events happening in the world and on social media. Your room is on the lower story. And your regular router is in the living room of the top floor. One day you are home a bit earlier than usual. Your childhood best friend is in town, which you haven’t seen in years. You are bursting with excitement.
The chance of you seeing a longed-for friend is finally here, and you don’t want to miss it. The thing is, your friend is on a tight schedule. And he/she promised to call you at a specific time to meet before he or she leaves town. And sure enough, you are waiting patiently in your room for your friend to call at the agreed time, but no call came.
You are upset, broken, and even angry with your friend. Later that night, your friend calls to tell you that he or she is no longer in town, and the journey was a safe one. But before your friend can say anything, you lash out at your friend then cut the call. And just as you were about to put down your phone, you notice fifteen missed calls on WhatsApp from your friend at the time they had agreed to call.
What happens? When you are at home, you usually turn off your cellular data plan and use your Wi-Fi connection to access the internet. But the thing is, while you were waiting in your room for your friend to call. Your Wi-Fi coverage supplied by your traditional router wasn’t strong enough for your phone to receive calls.
Sure, knowing that would’ve ruined my day, or probably the rest of my year. I wouldn’t want to be the person something like that happens to but in reality. If you don’t have a Mesh Wi-Fi system in your house, chances are; this or something similar, or even worst, may happen to you. And you sure don’t want that to happen.
As such, this post looks at the Linksys Velop and the Netgear Orbi Home Mesh Wi-Fi units, which in my estimation, are arguably among the best Mesh Wi-Fi systems available on the market.
You have probably already decided that you are going to make the switch from your standard router to a Home Mesh Wi-Fi system. And all you need is a bit more information that will cement your decision about which technology to buy.
In this article, I will walk you through everything you need to know about the Linksys Velop vs Netgear Orbi comparison. We will look at a brief review of both units, their similarities, their differences, and whether or not they can meet your household’s Wi-Fi needs.
So, without further ado, here is an unbiased Linksys Velop vs Netgear Orbi product review, which I believe will help you to decide which one is best for you.
But first, let’s look at:
What Are Mesh Wi-Fi Systems and the Problem They Solve?
Think of a Mesh Wi-Fi system as a giant router that can provide wireless coverage to all the devices in your home. And that’s regardless of the size of your home. And the number of units in your home that rely on Wi-Fi signals. In a technical sense, wireless mesh networks are systems consisting of one main router that connects to your modem. Along with what is sometimes called nodes and satellite modules that you can place around your house to give you full Wi-Fi coverage. And mind you, though these devices are individual units, they, however, form a single Wi-Fi network that uses the same SSID and password.
Before the advent of the Mesh Wi-Fi technology, households used a standard router that supplied all the devices on your network with wireless signals, and for small living spaces, this is ideal. But for bigger houses, especially with multiple stories, this presents a big problem. What will happen in most cases is that mobile devices further away from the router will not receive strong enough Wi-Fi signals to access the internet smoothly. And there is also the issue of dead zones, meaning; there would be areas in your house where wireless signals are non-existent.
To eliminate that problem, people started to set up access points in different locations of the house by plugging in a device into an Ethernet cable, thus creating a new access point to extend their wireless coverage. There’s also the option of setting up a wireless bridge. But unless you like the idea of running wires throughout your house or dealing with all kinds of technical stuff, you will, like most people, pass on these options.
Now, having a wireless mesh system in your house will seamlessly take care of all of this for you by giving you the option of placing nodes in any location of your home. Thus, eliminating dead zones and providing full wireless coverage to all devices on your Wi-Fi network. With a Wi-Fi Mesh system, there’s no need for you to wire and rewire your home, your Mesh Wi-Fi unit of choice will take care of everything.
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Linksys Velop Review
What makes the Linksys Velop a solid choice, and what value does it offer you? At a glance, this system comes in two different colors, white and black, ideal for large homes, provides fast and reliable Wi-Fi coverage. It can connect to your existing modem, simple to set up, and it has Tri-band capabilities. Now, let’s break these features down into smaller sizes.
- Tri-band Wi-Fi capabilities: this feature helps to eliminate congestion on your wireless network, thus allowing your smart devices to communicate with the internet faster. How? By providing three bands or frequency (one 2.4 GHz, and two 5 GHz frequencies) to transfer wireless signals across your network. Think of it as a highway, instead of having one or two lanes; it has three.
- Fast and reliable Wi-Fi coverage: owning to its Tri-band connectivity speeds, the Linksys Velop is capable of delivering rapid and constant Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home, up to 6,000 square feet and making it ideal for large five-plus bedroom houses.
- Compatible with any modem: no need to replace your existing modem, just connect the Linksys Velop to your current modem, and you are good to go. Besides, this Mesh Wi-Fi system works seamlessly with all ISP.
- Easy to set up: you can set up the Linksys Velop by downloading the Linksys App onto your smartphone, and then the app will walk you through the installation process. Furthermore, with this feature, you have the option of monitoring your entire network, you can even, using the Linksys app set up guest access, parental control, device Prioritization, and test the speed of your system.
All in all, the Linksys Velop is a premium Mesh Wi-Fi router; it ticks all the right boxes. And besides the features listed here, there are more premium features about this system that you will soon find out.
Netgear Orbi Review
Like the Linksys Velop, the Netgear Orbi is fast, reliable, easy to set up, and is pack with other premium features. This system allows for Wi-Fi coverage of up to 5,000 square feet. While having twenty-five-plus devices connected to your Wi-Fi. Besides, you can expand your wireless coverage by a further 2,500 square feet, this is made possible through portable satellites or nodes that you can place in any area of your home. And not forgetting, this system works with Alexa, is compatible with any Internet Service Provider, allows for parental controls, has a Gigabit Ethernet port, and along with an advanced cyber threat protection capability.
Linksys Velop Vs Netgear Orbi: Comparison
With the review out of the way. Let’s look at both systems and see how they stock up against each other.
Things I like About Both Systems (Similarities)
Both the Linksys Velop and Netgear Orbi does the same job (distribute wireless signals). However, there are certain robust features and capabilities about each that may influence you in buying one over the other.
MU-MIMO Capabilities: this feature allows both routers to prioritize Wi-Fi flow on your network. At any given time, there would be devices on your system that you aren’t using. And that being the case, if your router isn’t able to monitor and control the flow of Wi-Fi signals on your network, the probability of having weak signals on your system is high. However, routers with MU-MIMO capabilities take care of the signal issue by the use of something called beamforming. Beamforming is an application within your router that allows your system to broadcast wireless signals in identical wavelengths to selected devices on your network — thus improving the overall speed and performance of your network.
Tri-Band Capabilities: I’ve already discussed what this feature is and how it helps you keep your network in peak and efficient shape for systems with a lot of devices connected to it, congestion is usually an issue. But router that comes with a Tri-Band feature allows you to direct wireless signals into three lanes, and in so doing, eliminate congestion and improve the overall performance of your system. For example, you can place all your idle devices on one lane and your other devices on the other bands. Also, it’s worth pointing out that the Orbi from Netgear is way more efficient using this feature than the Velop. The Orbi has a Tri-Band Backhaul that has a dedicated band that only handle backhaul traffic.
Ethernet Backhaul Capabilities: Both units support Ethernet Backhaul. And what does Ethernet Backhaul mean? It means the transferring of high bandwidth at lighting fast speeds using a high-speed cable to connect your devices, thus allowing you to experience the fastest internet speed possible.
Sufficient Memory: The higher your router’s memory capacity is, the better it’s going to be for you. The fact that most routers use buffers to help in transferring data across your network under specific conditions, his means a higher likelihood of lags or high latency if your router is overly dependent on buffers. Therefore, a router with sufficient memory is an essential feature to consider. And by the way, both the Orbi and Velop comes with 512 MB RAM, more than enough memory for high-end routers.
Netgear Orbi and Linksys Velop: Differences
Now let’s look at the differences, and there are as follow:
Design: Both the Linksys Velop and the Netgear Orbi are significantly taller than the average router. However, what sets them apart from each other is their shape. And also, how many pieces of units come with your system. For example, you can buy the Velop in either a one, two, or three pieces unit kit.
On the other hand, the Orbi comes with one central router, plus two satellites. In terms of design and the role, each device plays on the system. Velop has a clear advantage over the Orbi, in that it’s genuinely a mesh system. The Velop has identical routers (sometimes called nodes) that you can connect any of the units to your internet source.
But the Orbi has one router along with two satellites that it uses to expand your wireless coverage across your home.
Speed and Overall Performance: Both wireless systems are head and shoulders above the rest. They have both proven their worth in delivering imperial wireless coverage since they debut on the market. However, even though both systems use the “AC” or wireless standard for high-speed data transfer. The Orbi uses AC3000 technology that works flawlessly with up to
500 Mbps of bandwidth from your ISP. But that does not mean that the Velop is an idle folk, to that matter, the Velop delivers reliable wireless coverage of up to 6000 square feet, against the 5,000 square feet, you will get from the Orbi.
Linksys Velop vs Netgear Orbi: Which one should you choose?
You won’t regret buying any of these systems. Both systems will significantly improve the speed and overall performance of your network. They both have premium features, easy to set up, and aesthetic design.
However, in terms of speed, the Netgear Orbi excels with raw power. And equally impressive is the Velop, maybe not in terms of raw speed. But the Linksys Velop is a reliable Wi-Fi system that has proven its value over the years. Regardless of what router you decide to buy, the Orbi or Velop, you will be delighted with the value that they bring to the table.
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